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1039smooth
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   Posted 9/27/2014 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have had one of those weeks. I've had chest pain, a sore throat, and some left hand tingling. EKG and xrays show my heart and lungs are perfect.

It seems like I may have felt similar right before all my GERD issues were discovered. Any chance a bout of overeating last Monday night could cause the wrap to fail?

Sometimes I feel ok. I'm almost afraid to eat though. I'm eating fairly blandly. I also have gallstones.

She 1
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   Posted 9/28/2014 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your pain.How long ago did you have your surgery? I had a re-do in April & after 3mos I was eating whatever I wanted(not always good choices either)..I've recently started having problems againšŸ˜£But I have to understand that I have a disease! There is no cure but Fundoplication has made it more bearable..I also had a huge hiatal hernia & that makes it more complicated to "fix"..I've been on slippery elm & pepzin GI for two weeks and I'm better..so I wonder does gastritis/inflammation,irritation of any kind(such as over eating) will cause the same symptoms as reflux.Hang in there and baby your wrap for a couple of wks til it gets Better

1039smooth
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   Posted 9/28/2014 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, She. Thanks a bunch for responding. I'd say folks here are tired of talking me through this as I sometimes forget to listen.

I had my surgery a year ago. Recovery has been... interesting.

How did you know when you needed a re-do? Did your wrap undo itself or did it fail some other way? What problems are you having now?

It's tough to make good choices, especially here in America. We're a processed, fatty food society.

Huge hernia, huh? I hear those are tough. I spoke with a woman that has most of her stomach in her chest. Mine was medium or small. I recently had a CT Scan to see how big my inguinal hernia was, but none was found. I wish they would have looked at my wrap, too, just to check. However, gallstones were revealed. After speaking with a friend that's an ER nurse, she seems to think my gallbladder could be causing all my issues. After my fat laden meal Monday night, I should have expected this. I see a surgeon Tuesday for a consultation. Bill, one of the moderators here, called that months ago before diagnosis. The surgeon overlooked the gallstones. My GI doctor saw them.

Hard to come to grips with being sick, isn't it? We just have to accept the fact that we have to be careful and can't eat with reckless abandon. Today, I've had an instant breakfast beverage (probably too much sugar), a CLIF bar (blueberry crisp), and some instant brown rice. I started feeling kind of bad after the rice. Luckily, my hand stopped its nonsense (knock on wood).

I'm glad your medicine helps. I take liquid Pepcid three times a day 30 minutes before I eat. My GI wanted to put me back on Dexilant, but I resisted. My reason for being wrapped was to stop taking PPIs and to fix that hiatal hernia. I think I was better off before. I still struggle with my strength. Perhaps my weak core muscles contribute. I had a small diaphragm tear during surgery normally seen in older people. I'm almost 34.

I'll continue to baby it. I'm not mentally strong enough to go through another wrap surgery.
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/29/2014 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
John-

Gallbladder issues can really hurt and cause some strange symptoms. If you had any fatty type foods the other day when you over did it, you may be having gallbladder attacks.

When mine acted up I had an attack last over 36 hours.

Take care,
Bill
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1039smooth
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   Posted 9/29/2014 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill,

It was all fatty. Can gallbladder issues mimic reflux? My right side hurts sometimes, back hurts today (mid-to-lower), throat is a bit sore, and there was the chest/heart discomfort.

You had yours removed, right? darn, 36 hours is a long time.

John
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TonyG
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   Posted 9/29/2014 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
John!

Gallbladder issues can definitely be exacerbated by fatty foods. Typically, most digestion issues would mimic heartburn/reflux. Your gallbladder is on the right side under your ribs so it makes sense that your pain would be there. Until you get it removed, it's a good idea to avoid super fatty foods. Easy on the fries and onion rings!

Take care of yourself, wouldja!
-TonyG-
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1039smooth
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   Posted 9/30/2014 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
All this is a little reassuring. Hopefully the wrap is still healthy.

Thanks, Tony, as always.
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She 1
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   Posted 10/1/2014 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry so late in response! I actually started having problems about 8 mos after my 1st surgery..same as before,short of breath,losing my voice,burning throat sinus infections..My Dr did the Bravo monitor where he implanted the small device in my esoph & it monitored ph for 48 hrs..everything normal so I got an opinion w/an ENT about my sinus/voice & he confirmed it was acid as I had no sinus disorder...Sooo after mos of back and forth we did another lap surgery & removed my gallbladder too just to rule that out(also had a lot of nausea,etc)I didn't have stones but it was covered in lesions from the chronic inflammation I had.When Dr got in he found my wrap had loosened & my hernia was back..he wrapped me tighter & repaired hernia again..Don't know why the test nor the EGD didnt Show it! We think i Tore it by either vomiting episode I had or exercising(I tend to go at hard,or use tošŸ˜©) So now I'm not sure what's up w/my tummy..I know my wrap is still tight cause I sometimes have trouble swallowing dense meat or tough foods.Like I said, we have a disease and there is NO cure.I had a very experienced surgeon whose done 1000s of these & even has a patent on his stitches & invented laproscopic instruments,so idont think he's failed me. Yes I can tear even the best of stitches! Nothing is guaranteed in this world!

1039smooth
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   Posted 10/12/2014 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My gallbladder is coming out on Wednesday. How did you do with that?

It sounds like you've been through it, but I'd say you're in good hands. You were able to vomit?

I slightly overate again today. When will I learn?
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